South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) has achieved a record for containers handled at the Port of Charleston, handling 2.55m teu in FY21.
The record throughput was handled across Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal and represented a 9.6% increase from FY2020.
Jim Newsome, SC Ports president and CEO, said: “While the global pandemic has placed great strain on global supply chains, it has also highlighted how incredibly vital maritime, motor carrier and logistics workers are to the supply chain.
“They are keeping freight moving while handling unprecedented cargo increases. We owe them much gratitude for their hard work over the past year.”
SC Ports saw strength in containerised, vehicle and inland port business segments throughout FY2021 including achieving record monthly year-on-year container volumes for the past four consecutive months.
In FY2021, the company moved 1.42m pier containers – which measures containers of any size – which represents a 7.7% increase from the prior fiscal year.
Vehicles increased 27% year-on-year with 258,981 vehicles rolling across the docks of Colombus Street Terminal.
Both of SC Ports’ rail-served inland ports also set records in FY2021, with a combines 192,844 rail moves recorded representing a 12% increase year-on-year.
Inland Port Greer moved 156,842 rail moves in FY2021, up 13%, while Inland Port Dillon had 35,002 rail moves, up nearly 8%.
Phase one of the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal began operations in March, marking the first greenfield container terminal to open in the US since 2009.
The terminal adds a 1,400 ft berth and 700,000 teu of capacity to the Port of Charleston.
In addition to the new terminal, SC Ports kicked off an expansion at Inland Port Greer, further enhanced Wando Wlehc Terminal and saw significant progress with the Charleston Harbour Deepening project which will yield 52 ft depth in 2022.
“We have been highly focused on delivering world-class infrastructure at the right time,” Newsome said. “We accomplished this in FY2021, most notably with the opening of Leatherman Terminal, which adds much needed capacity for customers.”
SC Ports has entered FY22 with enhanced infrastructure and ample capacity to handle the rising retail imports and cargo volumes, ensuring a reliable supply chain as demand for goods continues.
Newsome added: “We have planned our capacity well for the next decade and beyond with the infrastructure that we are delivering.
“In FY22, we will continue to invest in our port to provide more capacity and reliability for our customers as we grow above the market. We have the best team and maritime community to accomplish our goals in the year ahead.”